SIGNED: Anti-Bullying Act of 2013- WHAT TO EXPECT

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The anti-bullying act of 2013 is now a law, it is also known as Republic Act 10627. 

What’s next?

  1. Publication of the law to 2 major dailies, and 15 days after that this law shall take effect.
  2. Within 6 months, elementary and secondary schools are expected to come-up with their strategies, policies and procedure relative to the implementation of the anti-bullying act of 2013
  3. Within 90 days, the Dep Ed is expected to come-up with IRR or implementing rules and regulations

With republic act 10627, parents, guardians and members of  the academe, can now collectively address the problem on bullying.

Highlights

Coverage: Elementary and Secondary Schools

Title: Anti-Bullying Act of 2013

Who can commit: one or group of students

Definition:

A severe or repeated use of physical act or gesture, written or electronic expression or combination thereof resulting to:

  • Fear, physical, emotional harm, damage to property, creation of hostile environment and infringement of rights of another student.
  • Disruption of education process or orderly operation of the school

Acts of Bullying:

  • physical bullying
  • social bullying
  • verbal bullying
  • cyber bullying

What the law requires from the school:

  1. Come-up with policies defining and prohibiting:
  • Bullying inside school premises
  • Bullying outside school premises (cyberbullying) resulting to the definition above
  • Retaliation against person who reports bullying incidents or bullies.
  1. Come up with admin procedures and disciplinary actions.
  2. Rehabilitation program for the bullies.
  3. Strategies and procedures for
  • Recording and Reporting system
  • Reporting and Investigation
  • Filter false reports and disciplinary action for students making false reports
  • Safety and security of students
  • Support services such as counselling for victims
  • Privacy students involve
  • Education for parents and students on bullying dynamics
  1. Mechanism
  • Person accountable for the implementation: Principal or anyone w/ comparable role.
  • Who can report incidents of bullying: member of school admin, parent, student or volunteers
  • Who should handle bullying cases: Principal and/or person designated by the Principal
  • Expected actions:
    • investigate promptly
    • take appropriate disciplinary actions
    • report to law enforcement agency if provisions of revised penal code was satisfied
    • notify parents or guardians of perpetrators
    • notify parents or guardians of victims and inform of the actions that has been taken and preventive measures
  1. Reporting requirements:
  • six months after the effectivity of this law,  school will inform their division superintendent, in writing, of the policies, procedures and strategies they have formulated. This shall also be a requirement before operation of new schools commence.
  • annual reporting of schools to division superintendent on relevant statistics and data. These in turn will be summarized and reported to Dep Ed secretary. The Dep Ed secretary shall summarize these and report the same to the committee on basic education of both houses of Congress

Reference: http://jlp-law.com/blog/anti-bullying-act-of-2013-republic-act-10627/

I shall digest these for a few days and come-up with my commentary.  Share your thoughts on the comments below.

 

 

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With republic act 10627, parents, guardians and members of the academe, can now collectively address the problem on bullying.

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SONNIE SANTOS is the Chief Equipping Officer of WSPH Training and Consulting. They specialize on Social Business, Employer Branding, Digital Strategy, Corporate Improvements and People & Organizational Development.

He is also the pioneer advocate of Cyber Wellness Education, at the forefront of promoting (1) digital parenting, (2) information privacy, (3) social web for social good and (4) bullying prevention.

20 Comments

  1. Hello po, if somebody from a nieghborhood ang nagpakalat ng mga false rumor over the internet considered po ba eto na cyberbulying? if may situation na ganito ano po ang best na gawin ng mga taong biktima nito. Hope to hear from you. Thank you in advance po.

    Reply
    • Hi Vangie,

      That is possible. But keep in mind that the anti-bullying law covers only HS students and below. For adults, some provisions of the cybercrime law may apply. Here are the practical steps if experiencing bullying: http://asksonnie.info/what-to-do-when-cyberbullied/

    • Hi sir…how about the case of my daughter …one of her school mate hit her with a stick in her hands that cause redness. ..and talk an allegation to me that I have lots of husband here in Canada.

    • Hi Joy,

      If your daughter is HS or Primary student, she is covered by the anti-bullying law. Yes, you can ask the discipline officer to have the incident investigated

  2. Hello, pag within neighborhood po b ngyari ang bullying pwede po b mgsampa ng Kaso sa korte ang parent against sa 7year old na nambully sa anak Niya?

    Reply
  3. Hi. I’m researching on Cyber Bullying. How can i contact you po? I have questions lang po. And we might request an interview once the topic push through. Please do let me know. You may reach me thru email at enzaabad@gmail.com Thanks!

    Reply

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